Upcoming Thunderbird Sailing Club Meetings:

Leukemia Lymphoma Society

Saturday, Sept 7 – LLS Family Water Festival – Play, Swim, and Sail for the Cure. A fun-filled day for the whole family.

Boats, Blues, and BBQ

Join our monthly meeting on Saturday, Sept. 21. Emjoy live music by the lake with “Big Train and the Loco Motives” with special guests “Heartbreak Rodeo”.

To Bee or Knot To Bee

Join us on Saturday, October 19 for the 2nd annual sailing knot tying bee. Fun and laughter guaranteed as you learn to tie classic sailing knots.

Learn To Sail

Many Classes Available

Learn to sail at Lake Thunderbird. Classes are taught by US Sailing Certified instructors and cover a wide variety of skill sets from the novice all the way up to the seasoned sailor.

The Mainsheet

Our Monthly Newsletter

This is the location of our monthly newsletter. Issues go back into the 1970’s, thanks to our curator and historian Les Cummings. Find out the latest news or take a trip down memory lane.


Boathouse Schedule

Between our monthly meetings, our racing schedule, special events, and other rentals, there is a lot happening at our boathouse! Check the calendar and join us at any of our monthly membership meetings.


How to Join

Question: Do you need to own a sailboat?

Answer: NO!

While many of our activities revolve around sailing, at the core is a group of like-minded individuals who love being on the water. And we love having extra hands on board when we go our sailing.

Latest Features

The latest news and info about the Thunderbird Sailing Club

Big Changes at LTEF

Big Changes at LTEF The Lake Thunderbird Educational Foundation Annual Meeting by Roger Elliott, President The Lake Thunderbird Educational Foundation added two new members to its board

Sailing News From Around the World

RSS Sailing World

  • Mudratz Going Dark September 10, 2019
    Distance races can be won and lost in the overnight hours when more confident and skilled crews are more efficient and more consistent.
    Dave Reed
  • Racing with the Tactiqs Performance App September 10, 2019
    The Tactiqs performance analysis system offers a robust and practical way to measure and analyze race performance.
    Erik Shampain
  • Furling Headsails Are the Future September 10, 2019
    With new materials, sail designs and hardware, furling headsails are the way of the future.
    Dobbs Davis
  • Eugene Schmitt leads Sunfish Worlds September 16, 2019
    Bonaire (September 16, 2019) - The opening day of the 2019 Sunfish World Championship is in the books with Eugene Schmitt (USA) leading the 69-boat fleet after four races. After posting a 3-8-6-1, Schmitt is atop the leader board with 18 points, holding a 6-point lead over Renzo Sanguineti (PER) whose 7-10-2-5 was nearly as […]
  • Red neck boating is not a crime September 16, 2019
    The Coast Guard terminated the excursion of this 20-foot pontoon boat with 11 people aboard after conducting a search on Biscayne Bay in Miami, FL. While there apparently are no rules against red-neck boating, they did find the following violations: • Not having a valid Certificate of Inspection. • Failure to have a valid stability […]
  • Pieces of the Past September 16, 2019
    In those days of yesteryear, when handheld telecommunication devices were the stuff of pulp science-fiction stories, when email and smartphones and Twitter and constant, global, real-time interconnectedness weren’t even dreamed of, if you were a sailor at sea it was easy to be “at sea,” as far as the grand swirl of events went. During […]
  • Sailing across the Atlantic: Bluewater veterans share top tips for your first crossing September 16, 2019
    Elaine Bunting asks a delivery skipper, charter pros and some first-time transatlantic skippers for their best advice on planning and preparing for the big adventurePhoto: Trystan Grace On the afternoon before we left the Canary Islands for the Caribbean for a transatlantic with the ARC, I struck …Continue reading » The post Sailing across the […]
    Elaine Bunting
  • Road to the America’s Cup podcast episode 1: Imagining the AC75 September 12, 2019
    In the first episode of our new podcast series, Sir Ben Ainslie and Mark Chisnell discuss Team INEOS UK’s journey to the America’s CupBen training on INEOS Team UK's test boat T5 There is no doubt that the AC75 is a remarkable boat; a monohull designed to fly, engineered to reach speeds …Continue reading » […]
    Yachting World
  • Fastnet Race 1979: Restored survivor Assent heads back to the Rock September 12, 2019
    Meet the little yacht with a huge heart and history, a famous survivor of the 1979 Fastnet Race. Nic Compton sails on Assent"There’s something special about her, you feel she can handle it" - Kit Rogers It’s a gloomy, grey afternoon on the Solent and I’m in a camera boat taking pictures of a yacht […]
    Yachting World

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